Politburo member Meng Jianzhu calls on politics and law related media not to "lose political direction" as they seek "credibility" (2013-05-13) [CMP summary] ― In a speech run on the front page of today's Democracy and Rule of Law, a journal published by the China Law Society, China's new chief of politics and law, Meng Jianzhu (孟建柱), said that media dealing with politics and law (and falling under his area of jurisdiction) must work to increase their credibility and reach even as they strictly abided by "correct guidance of public opinion" (a term synonymous with political control of the press). Meng reminded those within the politics and law press of the rapid changes to Chinese society and the rise of online media. "Toward this, politics and law media must maintain clear heads, they must not lose their political direction . . . and they must steadily innovate their propaganda content and their propaganda methods."
China National Radio Reporter Says Journalists Must Maintain "Correct Guidance" (2013-04-24) [CMP summary] ― Chen Liang (陈亮), a reporter for China National Radio's "Voice of China", said during an official forum on "journalistic social responsibility" on April 16 that the role of the media was not only to release information but also to "maintain correct guidance of public opinion." Guidance of public opinion is official Chinese Communist Party jargon emphasizing the need of the Party to maintain social and political stability through control of the media and public opinion.
Chang Ping No Longer to Serve as Chief Editor of iSun Affairs (2013-04-24) [CMP summary] ― Veteran Chinese journalist and former CMP fellow Chang Ping (长平) announced on his Facebook account this week that he would no longer be serving as chief editor of iSun Affairs, a Hong Kong-based current affairs magazine published by the Sun Media Group and run by former Southern Metropolis Daily founding editor Cheng Yizhong (程益中). Chang did not specify his reasons for leaving the post but thanked his supporters: "I express my thanks to all of those people who have supported me as I've served as chief editor of this magazine over the past two years."
CASS Report: Income Inequality Continues to Rise in China (2012-12-18) [CMP summary] ― A "blue paper" issued today by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences argues that "income inequality" in China has continued to worsen. The report reads: "The social blue paper believes that income distribution has consistently been a hot topic getting general attention in society. Related studies have shown that the inequality of income distribution in China overall continues to rise. Since the national government raised the [official] poverty line to 2,300 in 2011, the estimated rural population living in poverty in China has been 100 million, and the factors causing poverty in this population are complex. The task of mitigating poverty in the countryside remains an extremely arduous one."